Francis Di Domizio wrote:He has actually taken the Papacy in a completely new direction...
No, he has talked
about new directions. Why is there such a disconnect between words and actions when it comes to the Pope? Would you be so forgiving of a politician who talks about equality and than votes against it? Francis has had several opportunities to DO something and has declined action in every case that I am aware of.
Francis Di Domizio wrote:... the changes he has made or will make should be discounted.
What changes has he made? All he's done is TALK.
Francis Di Domizio wrote:As you stated this would be an awesome time for him to show that the church is going to come down hard on child abusers. But if he is going to do that it has to be through a systematic approach not by Papal decree. Proving that he's going to take a stand against child abuse is not the same as proving the church necessarily is.
As Henry has already pointed out, the Pope IS the Church. What he says goes. He could have stopped the excommunication of this priest
, for example, but he chose not to. He could have moved for extradition for the child molester we've been discussing, but he chose not to. And yes, there may well have been legal restrictions he would have then had to fight, but he chose not to engage in that fight. I'm sorry, but we're talking in circles here. What has Francis DONE to deserve all the praise he's been receiving. Because again, it just looks to me like he's better at PR than previous Popes while the Catholic Church remains one of the largest and richest criminal conspiracies the world has ever known.